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Looking at the Offensive LIne

A rare photo of QB Aaron Rodgers throwing a pass without a defender in his face.

After the first four practices, the biggest story on the field is that the offensive line has been beaten earlier and often. I've read lots of notes about o-lineman missing the blitz or getting bowled over. Only one minor injury so far; LG Daryn Colledge suffered a thigh bruise. Starting C Scott Wells and former Pro Bowl LT Chad Clifton are back from offseason surgeries, but Clifton might not be the player he was in 2007.

A lot of lineman have been rotating in and out, which has maybe caused some of the problems. Unlike the constant rotation on the defensive line, the offensive line usually stays with the same five starters throughout the game because that consistency seems to help. 

Mike McCarthy doesn't criticize much during his press conferences, so this is about as harsh a comment has he'll make:

Q: (How important is it to have a set group on the offensive line and how close are you to that?) 
A:  We're not close to it, number one, to setting the offensive line but you would like to make that decision obviously sooner rather than later. We'll work that at least for the next week and a half, two weeks until we start trying to make a decision. 

Right now, I'd have to say they should go with last season's starting lineup of LT Clifton, LG Colledge, C Wells, and RG Jason Spitz. The projected RT Allen Barbre has apparently struggled this week, and I'd like to see them consider 2nd year OL Josh Sitton at right tackle, who's only played at right guard so far.